Boy Scouts of America decision to take in openly gay youth as members a bitter pill for John Stemberger to swallow

  • John Stemberger has been on CNN frequently debating the Scouts issue

John Stemberger is not a happy camper tonight.

The Orlando based Christian conservative was a leading figure supporter for Amendment Two back in 2008, the constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman. He's been a leading voice for other measures as head of the Florida Family Planning Council over the years, and he's been getting a lot of face time in advocating for the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members to continue.

But that ended Thursday afternoon when more than 60 percent of volunteer leaders of the Scouts approved a measure that said that no youth may be denied membership “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."

The news clearly rocked Stemberger's world, and in a fiery release says he will leave the Scouts and is calling for a meeting next month in Louisville to discuss the creation of a new character development organization for boys.

Read his statement after the jump: